March 6, 2008


In order to define a set of guidelines with the European scientific community for its balloon activities during the next 5 to 10 years, CNES is organising a workshop to be held on September 22-24 th 2008, in Pau, France.


The overall objective of the workshop is to provide CNES and other Agencies, with the largest review of scientific needs for experiments flying with balloons. This objective is very similar to the first “Balloon Workshop” organized by CNES, in December 2005 at the “Observatoire de Paris”. The first step of the workshop preparation took the form of a call for ideas published in February 2008. Based on the results of this call, for each of the three thematic fields (Atmospheric sciences, Planetary sciences, Astronomy and fundamental sciences), a panel of International experts will prepare a “pre position” paper. These three papers will be presented to the entire community during the workshop. It is expected that the subsequent discussions as the reactions to the presentations of the updates of the European Balloons infrastructures and techniques, will allow the preparation of sound outcomes in terms of Scientific interests and technical implementation. By the way, this workshop should allow CNES to develop a vision of the role of the balloons in the next decade in order to help the scientific communities to have a long term vision taking into account this kind of vehicle.

Location of the workshop

The workshop "Earth and space sciences in Europe using CNES Balloons" will take place in the conference centre, Palais Beaumont, in Pau.

Pau is the capital of the local province of Bearn, located in the south-west of France, nearby the Pyrennees. Please notice that there are several flights between Paris and Pau (there are also some between european cities and Pau).

How to attend the workshop ?

The participation of the workshop is on invitation only and without registration fee.

In order to make the exchanges during the workshop sessions as efficient as possible, the organizing committee will limit the number of participants to a level (150 people maximum) allowing nevertheless a balanced representation of the scientific communities.

If you are interested in participating in this "Earth and space sciences in Europe using CNES Balloons", please contact by e.mail only Mrs Myriana LOZACH (